Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Molina Residents Requested To Lock Doors

Suspect Ran From Deputies, Then Attempted To Steal Car

June 2014 Booking Photo. Currently he
does NOT have facial hair.
Update as of 9:45 p.m.-- The same phones that previously received a message from dispatch tonight will soon receive a second message advising of who the suspect is and to remain vigilant.

The suspect is believed to be Matthew "Ryan" Stauter, 30, a white male with distinctive tattoos on his neck area. He does NOT have facial hair at this time, although the 2014 booking photo from the Mesa County Detention Facility does have facial hair. Stauter was last seen in the greater Molina area wearing a black baseball hat, a black jacket and jeans. He is wanted on several warrants and is possibly armed.

Residents in the greater Molina area should remain vigilant, aware and to report any suspicious incidents to 911, immediately. Additional updates will be provided as they become available.

Previously Release at 8:40 p.m.

Mesa County, Colo. -- Deputies conducted a traffic stop on Highway 330 between Molina and Highway 65, around 6:15 p.m., tonight. During that traffic stop, an adult male suspect fled from the scene attempting to steal a vehicle just moments later. Again, the suspect took off on foot, eastbound.

Previously released #WarrantWednesday poster
The Grand Junction Regional Communication Center (dispatch) sent out a phone message to land lines and registered cell phones in a three mile radius of the Molina Transfer Station. This call went to 155 phones. The message indicated to lock all doors and secure out buildings (if possible), do not answer your door to anyone unknown and to call 911 to report anything suspicious. The message also indicated that law enforcement is in the area looking for an armed and dangerous suspect.

More than a  dozen law enforcement agents from the area have saturated the Highway 330 corridor (to include KE Road area), to include responding to any homes where suspicious noises have been reported. Deputies alongside multiple law enforcement partners are continuing to search barns, garages, basements and many outbuildings in the Molina area.

Updates will be posted as they become available. Residents should remain vigilant and continue to report suspicious activity or suspicious noises overnight, by calling 911.